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Old 01-19-2014, 09:15 PM
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Question Cane pole line help?

I was wondering if anybody knew a source for good old fashioned cane pole fishing line? The stuff we used when I was a kid was either cotton, or linen, or dacron, or who knows. I just remember it was black, unbraided, and typically had a faded whitish core to it if it frayed. My great grandfather always said you had to burn the end of it or the knot wouldn't hold. I don't know if it is true, but the knots always held (and we had always burned the end of it). Anyway just wanting to rig up some river cane soon, and I can't find a line that fits the bill.

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Old 01-20-2014, 08:17 AM
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Burning the end of the line suggests a synthetic, like nylon or dacron. Natural fibers like cotton or linen wouldn't benefit from burning the end.
You can still get the old style braided fishing line - I think it was dacron. I don't think that's exactly what you describe, but braided dacron fishing line is used on cane poles by a lot of people.
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Old 01-20-2014, 09:54 AM
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Yeah that's probably what I am going to go with even though what we used wasn't braided stuff. I was just hoping somebody would go "hey knothead here's where ya find it!"

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Here is what you were thinking of, but note is is antique silk line and the spool is a collector's item today.

http://advertisingantiques.com/merma...ng-line-spool/

I switched to clear nylon 5-10# test back when I was a young man, just kept it straight by cutting it about 2 inches short of the pole length and putting the hook into the end of the pole when it was put up. I usually carried two poles with me to the lake, a split shot with a cork (bottle cork) and a float / swim pole. Oh, used black sewing thread to catch minnows on a 3-4 ft pole made from the tip, just split a worm in 4 pieces at the end and the minnows would grab the split worm and hang on until dropped into the minnow bucket. Catch minnows in a ditch. Bass and Specs love them.
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